Friday, June 04, 2010

Tax Credit Cool Off, Summer Buying Season Ahead!

As expected, pending sales continued their post-tax credit deadline swoon in the Twin Cities housing market for the week ending May 15.

There were 830 purchase agreements signed for the week, a large drop from the mark of 1,469 seen two weeks ago during the final week of the credit. The most recent week represents a 32.8 percent decrease from the same mark last year.

New Listings are also in decline, with the 1,582 posted for the week coming in at 19.3 percent behind a year ago. The decline in new supply is helping to offset some of the decline in sales, which is serving to hold inventory relatively steady for the time being.

It remains to be seen whether the large drop in activity is a temporary post-credit blip or a harbinger of a longer-term demand “cool down.” We’ll continue to keep a hawk’s eye on the numbers in the weeks ahead.

With the summer selling season ahead, and interest rates consistently below 5% for a 30 year fixed mortgage, many buyers are still "waiting in the weeds" for the right house. As inventory shrinks, buyers are sure to grab the best of the best while the rates are low.

Dan Basil and Lisa Basil
Great Minneapolis Real Estate Agents
(612) 280-5046
Dan Basil
Lisa Basil

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